Author Archives: Numismatic News Staff

Short snorters organized by signatures

Is there a way in which people typically collect short snorters? There are many ways to collect these notes, but the most popular is likely when the note provides information including names, ranks, serial numbers, military unit designations, and other … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Barber quarter variety worth a look

By Mark Johnson While browsing the dealer tables at the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Coin Show, a nicely toned 1900 Barber quarter caught my eye at Dean Oakes’ table. I often find that a coin has to have something extra for … Continue reading

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New medal for AINA membership

All members of the American Israel Numismatic Association (AINA) who have paid their 2019 dues will receive a free membership medal commemorating the centennial of Magen David Adom (meaning Red Shield of David). New members can send $25 annual dues … Continue reading

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‘Shish-Kebab’ error discovered

By Rick DeSanctis My name is Rick DeSanctis with Numismatic Classics in Fort Myers, Fla. I am a collector and dealer who enjoys properly attributing his coins. I am just contacting you to send you some pictures of something new … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Special coin and stamp set a yawner

The Breast Cancer Awareness Coin and Stamp set put up its first number below. It is just 2,846. Mintage limit is 25,000. It does not seem likely that sale will reach the limit. The first few days of availability usually … Continue reading

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Community Voice Responses (October 30, 2018)

From the Sept. 28 Numismatic News E-Newsletter: Will the American Innovators dollar coin series be better than Presidential dollars? Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.   I don’t see how they can be. … Continue reading

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Letters to the Editor (October 30, 2018)

Who decides how rare a new coin issue should be? The brilliant marketing bureaucrats at the U.S. Mint have now created their second rare palladium Eagle in 2018 with a 15,000 mintage limit, presumably as an early Christmas gift to … Continue reading

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Reference catalog not an offer to sell

If you don’t buy or sell coins, why do you publish all those catalogs offering them for sale? Catalogs, like coins, come in varieties. There are two principal varieties of coin catalogs: reference catalogs and sale catalogs. We publish only … Continue reading

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Birch cent on Stack’s Bowers block

A 1792 Birch cent is expected to bring $1 million at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries auction Oct. 24-26 at the Whitman Expo in Baltimore. Birch cents were minted as an example of what the newly formed U.S. government was considering … Continue reading

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ANS buys medal archive

Archives of the Medallic Art Company have been purchased by the American Numismatic Society. More than 50,000 individual items such as medals, dies, galvanos, plaques, and paper and digital archives were sold to ANS for $420,000 in bankruptcy proceedings of … Continue reading

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